Google has said it isn’t looking to build on its partnership with Fiat Chrysler, Reuters reports.
FCA teamed up with Google to deliver 100 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to the tech company in order to test its self-driving car software. Google is still looking to team up with automakers as its self-driving car vision begins to take form, but it might not be FCA.
“This is just FCA and Google building 100 cars together,” Google self-driving car Chief Executive John Krafcik told Reuters. “We’re still talking to a lot of different automakers. We’ve been very open about what the technology is and the problem we want to solve together. Solving this problem is going to require a lot of partnership.”
Earlier this week, Google showed media a Maserati Ghibli it had equipped with prototype Android N and Android Auto software. It’s not entirely clear if the Ghibli was acquired as part of FCA’s partnership with Google, however the luxury sedan would otherwise seem like an oddly expensive choice to test new infotainment tech.
Google will first test its fleet of Pacifica hybrids later this year and will work alongside FCA engineers to ensure the prototypes operate as intended. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has said in the past the current partnership with Google is limited, but remains open to further talks with the company.